Sunday, April 22, 2012


Frilly and Funkie's challenge for the next two weeks is "Repurpose To Upcycle".  I decided to use this challenge to create something with a purpose...a place to store my vintage paper dolls in a proper container.

So, I have given "life" to an old shoe box that I was storing my paper dolls in.  Except, the box was sitting on a shelf in a closet; unmarked and unloved.  Now, it has new life and everyone knows what is in the shoebox.

First, I covered the box with some old papers that I had sitting around, gathering dust.  Then I inked and distressed the edges and sides of the box so that it would look as old as my paper dolls.

You can see the "discolored" paper on the sides pretty well in this picture.  I wanted this box to look like it had been stored away in an attic for years and years.

 Here are some of my paper dolls that are safely stored in this little box.  Some of them are very old and I need to keep them in plastic bags to preserve them and their little outfits.

I recycled some old buttons, some feathers, little pieces of scrap ribbon, some old doilies, little lace scraps and flowers to the top.  They are scattered among the darling little paper dolls (also recycled) that I chose to decorate the top.

I was really happy with how this turned out.  And now...I have not only a cute "home" for my paper dolls but also a box that I will proudly use as a decoration in my shabby chic room.

Thanks to Linda and the gang at Frilly and Funkie for their wonderful vintage themed challenge! I love playing along and also seeing everyone else's lovely creations!

Take time to play...It's SOUL FOOD!


  1. Hi Candy. What a fabulous idea and keepsake. You re-purposes box is very chic. I love the way you have used the embellishments to enhance the vintage pieces. Thank you so much for sharing this inspirational piece. Happy crafting....Annie :)

  2. Absolutely Adorable Candy!! Very cool idea!! Cute paper dolls to!

  3. Candy, your paper doll box is just adorable, What a great way to preserve those precious paper dolls. I do believe I need to make one for my paper dolls too.
    Thanks for the inspiration.
    Hugs Lynn

  4. Stunning work and so unusual - fancy keeping your little paper dolls - so sweet. Lovely colours, lovely collage - altogether fab x

  5. Hi Candy, I love the way you have altered the box, the colours are gorgeous and the box does still look old (or should I say vintage). Lovely project and love your little paper dolls inside too. Anne x

  6. Gorgeous box Candy, I love all of the details, the colours are gorgeous and the feathers are just beautiful ! Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Sue C x

  7. Hello Candy
    This is just delightful, these little treasures deserve a beautiful box for themselves,I love how you have decorated the box in a muted Palette, it is just Perfect for your dolls.

  8. gorgeous many sweet details!

    enjoy *~*

  9. What great fun we had with paper dolls! This is so stinkin' cute!


  10. Super sweet! Love your box, Candy. That bit of pink angel wings is just to die for... love it! Thanks so much for joining us again this week at Frilly & Funkie.

  11. Oh Candy, this is totally delightful. I love the shabbiness of it - how you have created the faux aging on the papers is wonderful! And such a lovely assortment of old laces, buttons and such. How amazing is that paper doll collection - truly something to treasure!

    So happy to have you joining in the fun with us again this time around with Frilly and Funkie! Have a great week.



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